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  1. Hi all, I know there is another post for the tiptoptemp. But I thought this was more appropriate in the vision forum. For those of you who don't know, the tiptoptemp is a temperature controller that sits on your vent top. It controls the temp by opening and closing a flap. When the heat rises, the flap closes. When it gets cooler the flap opens depending how how you set it. It's a good alternative to the more expensive auto temperature controllers, which I didn't want to spend money on. The TTT needs a bit of modification since it's too small for the pro s vent. I used an 8 inch to 5 inch vent pipe reducer from the Home Depot. But all in it was less than $50 ($30 for the TTT, $16.50 for the reducer), which is right within my budget. Here is a YouTube video of my modification. I have since added a silicone band (Grifin 9inch big-### bands) around the bottom of the reducer so I don't have to put it on the vent too hard and can take it off more easily. I just smoked some ribs and it kept the temp within a couple of degrees of my set temp for 3 hours (I took a nice afternoon nap). Anyway, I hope you find this helpful. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5DhxLWbfyj4
  2. Woke up this morning reading my news feed and saw an article titled "7 Best Upgrades for Your Weber Kettle". As a big weber fan I clicked on it and after the tried-and-true lid hinge, the pizza ring then boom! I saw my little gold/black stomp box on there. So stoked...4 years ago we started with a few bare PCB boards and a solder iron, now we're in smoking business! If it can control a tin metal grill's temperature rocksteady then you know how precise and stable it would be on a kamado https://gearpatrol.com/2019/05/28/best-weber-kettle-grill-upgrades/
  3. Hi All, We're running about a week long Thanksgiving sale on SMOBOT. Just use "THANKS20" coupon code at checkout if you're interested. Sale runs from today, through until midnight on 11/28, while supplies last. LINK Take care Eric
  4. Here's a first look at the Kamado Joe BBQ Wizard temperature control system! (Posted with permission from Bobby Brennan of Kamado Joe)
  5. Just wanted to give my take on the PartyQ bbq temperature controller: it's poor quality, don't buy one. Here's what led me to this conclusion: I ordered one last February and the PartyQ was dead on arrival. They sent me a free replacement, but stuck me with the customs fee! So I refused to accept it. After some painstaking email correspondence they eventually agreed to send me out another that was marked as warranty/repair (ie: what they should have done). The new unit had a poor probe connection and was unusable. To repair it, I had to spend $30 to ship it to them. More emails asking if they got it, when are they going to repair it, etc. The PartyQ exhibits odd behavior when the batteries are low -- this wouldn't be so bad if the low battery indicator actually worked. This problem cannot be repaired as it is native to all PartyQ's. For Canadians there is the extra hassle of shipping across the border (this company seemingly has no standard process for international shipments and you will get charged extra for their mistakes). Regarding the low-battery behavior: when the battery is low, the PartyQ incorrectly reports that your pit temperature is a-ok and that the fan is still stoking the fire (long after it runs out of juice to power the fan). The Party Q is a great way to ruin a meal if you're not double-checking your bbq with another device. The PartyQ does have a low-battery indicator, but it fails to work 100% of the time. Even when the indicator does turn on, its a tiny LCD triangle icon that you can only see if you are right next to the unit. Of course, an obvious solution is to get out your screwdriver and load fresh batteries before every use. My point however, is that just because there's easy work-around (if not inconvenient and inefficient), it's no excuse for the poor quality programming and workmanship of the PartyQ. In summary, every time I use this thing it's a hassle, whether its worrying about the probe connection, or false-readings, or the fan not working. For $130 (not including tax/shipping/repair) the point of the PartyQ is to simplify things and it has utterly failed at this. Here's an email to back my claims about the low-battery issue:
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